Review: Elegy

In a small Australian town, the most epic love story in history is unfolding . . . again.

Everybody knows everyone in Kincasey, and nothing ever happens. That’s until  Jenny meets the mysterious Michael Webster. Long-held resentments simmer to the surface, loyalties are tested, and Jenny finds herself the centre of attention. Her situation isn’t helped by a deepening friendship with Michael’s stepbrother, Gabe, or her jealousy of Gabe’s beautiful but aloof sister, Caitlin.

Caitlin is the only one who knows the terrible truth: this isn’t the first life she and Michael have lived. They have a destiny to fulfil – and it’s time for Michael’s powers to awaken. But what use is power if it can’t give you what you most desire?

I’ve read a few different versions of the story already and seen movies versions too. Reincarnated lovers forced to spend eternity trying to find each other, until death inevitably separates them and then they do it all over again, and frankly that story can get a bit old.

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Review: The Every Series

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

The Every Series is so well known in Australian YA that it’s amazing I hadn’t read it until now. Trust me I felt the pressure and how not reading these books left me out of the conversation. Well all that’s changed now!

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Review: The Special Ones

He keeps us here because we’re special.

Esther is one of the Special Ones – four teens who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are – all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.

Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special. And yet she also knows she’s a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

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Review: Frankie

27193294Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half-brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.


If you read my previous post on the #YASquad Event you’ll already know why I picked up a copy of Frankie at the event. It was all due to listening to the author, Shivaun Plozza, talk about her book and her characters.

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April Book Haul

April has been a great reading month for me. I’m smashing my way through my TBR pile, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to pick up some new titles. Plus with some birthday vouchers to spend, you could say I was more than eager to hit up my local bookshops.

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April Book Haul

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YASquad 2016 Event

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the YASquad2016 Event here in Melbourne. Hosed by PenguinTeen Australia, it was an event introducing the audience to a bunch of new (and existing) Penguin authors and their books. Going to any Penguin Teen event guarantees that you’re going to have an amazing time, laugh a lot and meet some amazing authors and book lovers. This event was no exception.
I am constantly thanking Penguin Teen for putting on these events, whether its PTALive or PTAChats on Twitter, Penguin Teen Australia gets their audience and caters all their events and interactions for them.

The wonderful authors chatting to us about their books were:

  • Will Kostakis – The Sidekicks
  • Shivaun Plozza – Frankie
  • Megan Jacobson – Yellow
  • Kylie Fornasier – The Things I Didn’t Say

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The Intern

So you all know by now how much I love blogging about books (after all this is a blog devoted to just that) so when I heard about the opportunity to write more book reviews I jumped at the chance.

Check out the review I wrote for The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer over at The Nest.  The Intern is an Australian YA novel about a young girl interning at a fashion magazine and all the challenges she has to face.

The Nest is the blog for the magazine, littleWren. It’s an amazing site where women can share their stories, adventures, or just things they are loving. They even have a Nest Book Club that you should have a look at. Both the site and magazine are designed for young artistic women, so if that sounds like you go check it out! You won’t be disappointed. You can follow littleWren on Twitter or have a look at their website.

Thanks again to The Nest for publishing my review!

My Current Favourite Book Series

There are a lot of books series out there and navigating which series are worth reading can be really tricky. What if only the first book’s great and the rest are terrible?What if the characters don’t change and develop over the series? What if it takes three books to build plot?

So many things to consider before you’ve even thought about the genre you like! Hopefully reading about some of my favs will give you an idea for some new series to read!

  1. The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
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    Books Currently: 2
    Complete: December 2015 with book 3 – Their Fracture Light

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